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North Platte company hosts blood drive to help cancer patient who needs weekly blood

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Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 3:40 PM CDT
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A blood drive was held to help a young mom who was recently diagnosed with blood cancer and needs transfusions weekly.

In partnership with the North Platte American Red Cross office, Nebraska Safety and Fire Equipment helped to organize the blood drive. One of their coworkers family members is the person they are doing the drive in honor of.

Organizer Starla Arensdorf said there are many benefits to donating blood.

"Red Cross is kind of offering a lot of incentives to donate right now too, they’re doing free Covid [antibody] testing plus a five dollar Amazon gift card, but in addition to that, you’re saving three lives each donation and you never know who might need your blood and you never know when you’re going to need it as well, so we just really like as a company we want to be community involved anyway and this is a great way to do that," said Arensdorf.

Amanda Wehnes with the American Red Cross said they are in dire need of blood.

"We are actually in urgent need right now, we still have a lot of blood drives that are canceling because businesses aren’t opening back up, people are still working from home, schools are still closed and so nationwide we’ve seen a downward trend still of donations and we’re having to kind of put the brakes on and say OK you might not get blood for elective procedures were really limiting the blood that’s being sent out right now," said Wehnes.

In addition to the donation, Wehnes said each donor will also receive a free COVID-19 antibody test.

The Nebraska Safety and Fire Equipments' aim for Friday was 20 donors and they exceeded their goal by getting 30 donors.

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